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From the fieldIvory Coast in crisis

We woke up to the steady rat-a-tat-tat of the AKs at barely daybreak. We had been warned the day before that the rebels were moving towards the city, but the violence that accompanied their arrival still surprised us. Looking out our back window, we saw them moving up the street; first the foot soldiers shooting forward with their guns, followed by a large group of excited civilians, including women with their small children, who cheered then ducked behind cars and debris on the side of the road when fire returned in their direction. The fighting quickly grew in intensity, as bodies began to line the street, and jeeps and heavy artillery trucks packed with fighters passed, one after another after another. Read more »